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Evening Class Audiobook

Evening Class

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Publisher's Summary

The Italian evening class at Mountainview School is like hundreds of others starting up all over the city. But this class has its own special quality - as the focus for the varied hopes and dreams of teacher and pupils alike.

Aidan Dunne needs his new evening class project to succeed almost as much as his pupils do. They too are looking for something more: Bill to find a way to keep spendthrift Lizzie at his side and Fran to make sure that young Kathy finds her way out from behind the kitchen sink.

The key to their success lies with the Signora. Her passion has drawn her from Ireland to Italy and back home again with a burning desire to share her love of all things Italian - and a secret hidden in her heart ....

©1997 Maeve Binchy (P)1997 Audible Ltd

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    Janice Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom 19/09/2010
    Janice Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom 19/09/2010
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    "A great way to spend your evening(s)"

    This has to be my favourite of all Maeve Binchy's books, both the written and audio versions. A medley of characters, portrayed with generosity and sympathy, all embarking on the class for different reasons. I loved the way the back stories of the characters are melded together and how, the group moves forward together, to plan and then embark on their trip to Italy - which visit is the scene of some surprises for more than a few of them.

    The marvellous 'Signora' - Nora - tugs at your heart with her heart warming simplicity and honesty and how good to have a love story where the key characters are not young, trendy, aspirational and career oriented 'thirty somethings' but instead are gently middle-aged with disappointments and disillusion behind them. Other individuals and couples in the story, similarly chime true and with the bonus of picking up some handy Italian phrases on the way, this novel is worth curling up with any evening, several times - it is always pleasant to revisit Mountain View - both in Italy and Ireland, to meet up again with these old friends. Hats off, again, to Kate Binchy, for her flawless and characterful narration.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom 13/06/2009
    Suzanne Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom 13/06/2009 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it Loved it Loved it"

    What a wonderful book. It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my soul. Following the lives of what seems at first a mismatch of people who all embark on an Italian evening class for a wide variety of reasons takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and secrets. It also brings you into the world of Italy. For those of us who have been lucky to have visited it also is a trip down memory lane - I just with I had taken the class before I went. A fabulous listen!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S 06/10/2016
    S 06/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Maeve Binchy's stories"

    Super for relaxing at bedtime made all the more wonderful read beautifully by her daughter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 07/12/2012
    Marilyn 07/12/2012
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    ""Delightful""

    I really enjoyed this book.

    I couldn't wait for all the stories within the book to unfold. Full of warmth and humour, all of which Maeve Binchy does so well.

    Simple Delightful



    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary C 18/11/2016
    Rosemary C 18/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A gem!"

    Read this Maeve Binchy book many years and thoroughly enjoyed it. So to come back to again via audible was a wonderful treat for my everyday commute. Maeve's daughter narrates and it is first class, her characterisation is just brilliant. The stories of the various characters who come together for an Italian evening class become part of you and you live there ups and downs with them. A lovely book to relax to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    helen dolce 12/11/2016
    helen dolce 12/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful and nostalgic"

    I loved it as always with Maeve Binchy and narrated beautifully by her daughter Kate

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D J BRANNAN 04/11/2016
    D J BRANNAN 04/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining Read"

    This was a lovely book with many characters. It was well narrated with the male and female Irish voices
    My only problem with it was that I got a bit confused by so many characters but I remembered the key ones.

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    Amazon Customer 11/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A Favourite Read"

    A summer read with a fee-good-factor. About my 10th time reading it but my first time listening. Very much enjoyed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAM 05/06/2016
    PAM 05/06/2016
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    "Brilliant and very enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Evening Class again? Why?

    Loved the book and now love the "Audible"


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way all the people's lives became involved with each other


    What about Kate Binchy’s performance did you like?

    Kate Binchy's performance was perfect, she brought the whole story to life


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From strangers to friends


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 16/06/2015
    Valerie 16/06/2015
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    "Brilliant"

    This is a lovely story with great characters, my favourite Maeve Binchy - I didn't want it to end!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Eloise Boezak
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    26/07/15
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    "Vintage Maeve Binchy"

    Lyrical, interesting, packed with charming characters and unexpected story twists. If you enjoy a great story, this is a must

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terry Ellen Raats
    22/06/15
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    "Enchanting"

    Beautiful! Like listening to a friend. I'd read the book years ago but wanted to experience the book in an Irish accent - it fulfilled every expectation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    18/03/13
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    "Totally enthralling"
    Would you listen to Evening Class again? Why?

    Wonderful story, lots of different lives all entwined


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different families and their stories with a good story line


    Have you listened to any of Kate Binchy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have read several others but this was definitely my favourite


    If you could rename Evening Class, what would you call it?

    I think the title was perfect


    Any additional comments?

    With the back drop of Italy this made it perfect for me. It inspired me to get lessons in Italian

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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